MAJOR DUTIES: (0801 General Engineering Series): This series includes all classes of positions the duties of which are to advise on, administer, supervise, or perform research or other professional and scientific work of a special or miscellaneous character that is not specifically classifiable in any other engineering series, but that involves the application of a knowledge of such engineering fundamentals as the strength and strain analysis of engineering materials and structures, the physical and chemical characteristics of engineering materials such as elastic limits, maximum unit stresses, coefficients of expansion, workability, hardness, tendency to fatigue, resistance to corrosion, engineering adaptability, engineering methods of construction and processing, etc.; or positions involving professional work in several branches of engineering.
(0803 Safety Engineering Series): This series includes positions that require the performance of professional engineering work to eliminate or control hazardous conditions resulting from human error, equipment and machine operations that may lead to injury to persons and damage to property. The work requires the application of: (1) advanced mathematical techniques; (2) professional engineering principles, methods, and techniques; (3) safety related elements of the physical sciences, ergonomics, psychology and physiology; and (4) safety principles, standards, practices, and analytical techniques.
(0806 Materials Engineering Series): This series includes professional engineering positions which are involved in the generation and/or application of theories, principles, practical concepts, and processes related to materials engineering science including considerations of cost, availability, fabrication, performance, and use) and the traditional engineering science disciplines (e.g., civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical); material sciences (e.g., the interrelationships of composition, structure, and properties), including nondestructive evaluation and inspection advising on the best materials or combinations of materials for diverse and specific uses; or developing and applying the means of testing, evaluation, life prediction, and standardization of materials and properties for use in engineering, architecture, and scientific designs and projects.
(0810 Civil Engineering Series): This series included professional positions in the field of civil engineering, typically requiring application of general knowledge of the physical sciences and mathematics underlying engineering, and specialized knowledge of: (1) mechanics of solids, particularly of soils, (2) hydraulics, (3) theory of structure, (4) strength of materials, (5) engineering geology, and (6) surveying. Positions in this series have responsibility for management, supervision or performance of: (1) planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining structures and facilities that provide shelter, support transportation systems, and control natural resources; (2) investigating, measuring, surveying and mapping the earth's physical features and phenomena; and (3) research and development activities pertaining to (1) or (2).
(0830 Mechanical Engineering) This series covers professional engineering positions involved in the managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work: involving the design, development, commission, manufacture, operation, maintenance, and disposal of mechanical devices and systems and their equipment and/or components; and concerning the principles of motion, energy, force, and material properties to ensure mechanical devices and systems and their equipment and/or components function safely, reliably, efficiently, and economically.
(0850 Electrical Engineering Series): This series includes professional engineering positions that require primarily application of knowledge of: (1) the physical and engineering sciences and mathematics; (2) electrical phenomena; and (3) the principles, techniques, and practices of electrical engineering. The work pertains primarily to electrical circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems, and associated phenomena concerned with electrical energy for purposes such as motive power, heating, illumination, chemical processes, or the production of localized electric or magnetic fields.
(0854 Computer Engineering Series): This series includes professional engineering positions that require primarily the application of knowledge of: (1) fundamentals and principles of professional engineering; (2) computer hardware, systems software, and computer system architecture and integration; and (3) mathematics, including calculus, probability, statistics, discrete structures, and modern algebra. The work pertains primarily to the research, design, development, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems in an integrated manner.
(0855 Electronics Engineering Series): This series includes professional engineering positions that require primarily application of knowledge of: (1) the physical and engineering sciences and mathematics; (2) electronic phenomena; and (3) the principles, techniques, and practices of electronics engineering. The work pertains primarily to electronic circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems, and associated phenomena concerned with electromagnetic or acoustical wave energy or electrical information for purposes such as communication, computation, sensing, control, measurement, and navigation.
(0858 Biomedical Engineering Series): This series covers professional engineering positions involved in managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work exploring and using biotechnology to: enrich practices, techniques, and knowledge in the medical, physiological, and biological sciences; enhance and ensure the health, safety, and welfare of living (i.e., human and animal) systems; and create and improve designs, instrumentation, materials, diagnostic and therapeutic devices, artificial organs, medical systems, and other devices (e.g., systems, equipment, application programs, and components) needed in the study and practice of medicine with living systems.
(0861 Aerospace Engineering Series): This series includes professional aerospace engineering positions involved in planning, research, development, design, test and evaluation, analysis, production, fabrication, operation, type certification, and/or maintenance of aerospace vehicles or integrally associated equipment. It also includes positions involved in investigating phenomena encountered in aerospace flight, monitoring and analyzing unknown or unfamiliar aerospace vehicles, piloting aerospace vehicles, developing aviation safety standards and regulations, and positions providing staff leadership and guidance related to aerospace engineering programs. The work requires application of scientific and engineering principles in the field of aeronautics and astronautics, such as aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, astro-dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, flight dynamics, flight structures, thermodynamics, flight propulsion, and energy conversion and use.
(0893 Chemical Engineering Series) This series covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving: chemical processes utilized by industries and scientific technologies to produce useful products and systems; and the use of mass, momentum, and energy transfers together with thermodynamics and chemical kinetics to explore, extend, improve, and provide for existing and potential chemical and biochemical conversion processes.
(0896 Industrial Engineering Series) This series covers professional engineering positions involved in the managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work to determine, evaluate, predict, and advise on effective ways for an organization to use its production factors (i.e., people, equipment, materials, information, and energy) to make or process a product or provide a service.
The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990, P.L. 101-510, Title XII, imposed qualification requirements for certain acquisition positions. DAWIA was enacted to improve the effectiveness of the acquisition workforce by establishing minimum qualification standards for each acquisition career field or functional stall. DoD implemented DAWIA by establishing a certification process. Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) is Air Force implementation of DAWIA. Each Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) career field requires specific education, training, and experience as well as defines the certification process for each career field. Candidates must be able to meet mandatory education, training, and experience requirements of the level of the position to which they are appointed within two years of their assignment. These requirements are in addition to the qualification requirements established by the Office of Personnel Management. Certification levels are determined by the level of responsibility of the job, and whether job requires basic, intermediate, or advanced experience and training